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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118531647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118531648
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn How To Read and write JavaScript Make your sites more interactive Use jQuery to simplify your code Recreate popular web techniques Techniques Include Slideshows and lightboxes Improved forms and validation Using Ajax, APIs, and JSON Filtering, searching, and sorting Online Support Code samples and practical exercises available online at: www.javascriptbook.com Plus bonus reference materials Welcome to a nicer way to learn JavaScript & jQuery. Are you new to JavaScript, or have you added scripts to your web page but want a better idea of how they work? Then this book is for you. We'll not only show you how to read and write JavaScript, but we'll also teach you the basics of computer programming in a simple, visual way. All you need is an understanding of HTML and CSS. This book will teach you how to make your websites more interactive, engaging, and usable. It does this by combining programming theory with examples that demonstrate how JavaScript and jQuery are used on popular sites. In no time at all you will be able to think and code like a programmer. From the author of the best–selling HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites www.htmlandcssbook.com

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JON DUCKETT has been designing and building websites for over 15 years. He has worked with small startups and global brands, and has written more than a dozen books on web design and programming.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C W. on 25 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant book. Clear, logical approach. I love the way the layout of the pages has been designed, more like a webpage than a traditional textbook. This gives little bitesize nuggets of information to digest. At first I thought that maybe there was too much vacant space on the page, and I would rather have paid for fewer more information-dense pages, but as I went on and began to get a hold on the complexities I decided that actually the presentation is just fine.
As someone who has done a fair amount of programming I found the book easy to follow, although the nature of the material means there is a fair amount of theory to take on board before you can do anything useful. For those starting programming there are some useful and well-illustrated pages explaining basic programming concepts.
The accompanying website has the code snippets for download but if there is any additional content, I haven't found it. I would have liked to have seen more there - after all, its what the book is about - and I would still have splashed out for the paper copy.
I hope Jon Duckett is planning more books. I'd buy one on Java.

Only four stars because the binding of the book is desperately poor. After a week a chunk of pages started coming out. Returning to Amazon for a swap and I hope to be luckier with the next one. I wonder if the hardback version suffers from the same problem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 July 2014
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As I wrote for ‘HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites’ written by Jon Duckett, I should start this review with same words that ‘JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development’ by same author is simply beautiful book to go through. And again, though design by itself should not be a reason to buy any book, Duckett again created book for which all visual learners will be thankful – making the learning process easier to follow, featuring interactive graphics in order for reader to realize how things should look like on the webpages.

While in the previous book the main subjects were HTML5 and CSS3, this time author discusses JavaScript and jQuery teaching methods how to make your pages simpler in terms of coding, while on same time more interactive and interesting for end user. The only constant things in ever changing web design world is change, though JavaScript and jQuery which appeared almost 20 and 10 years ago were able to impose due to their variety and available options from one web generation to another.

As was the case with his previous book, Duckett again doesn’t disappoint in terms of design resources – inside numerous samples of codes and user exercises can be found that enable novice Java web designer to start working instantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Li on 21 Jan. 2015
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I was developer who had no experience with web development and javascript but even after watching pluralsight videos and reading W3Schools I felt that I wanted a more in depth intro to javascript. I have read this book front to back and every page felt like a dream, the full HD (feels like it) color visuals really make you forget you are reading a programming book. The content was enough for me to picture in my head how Javascript & jQuery contributes to front end development and how web pages work in general.

One of the features that stands out for me is for each example in the book it gives you a written description, flow diagram, code (with comments) and also example files that you can download, so if you have trouble reading laborious written descriptions of what the code is doing and rather just view it diagrammatically you can.

This one is definitely a keeper.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Lawson on 23 July 2014
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Disclosure stuff: I was sent a free copy of this by the publishers. From 2000-2002 I worked with its author. I currently work with Mathias Bynens, the book’s technical reviewer (but didn’t know this until after reading it).

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not very confident with my JavaScript – I learned to program in COBOL, FORTRAN, BASIC, 6502, Z80 and DCL which are all procedural, so I was looking forwards to a book that starts at the very beginning and treats me kindly, before clubbing me over the head because I polluted the global namespace and laughing at me for extending my prototypical object literal constructors into my callbacks.

The book’s blurb says “We’ll not only show you how to read and write JavaScript, but we’ll also teach you the basics of computer programming in a simple, visual way” and is the follow-up to Duckett’s hugely successful HTML and CSS Book which sold over 150,000 copies. (In tech book terms, that’s practically Harry Potter; in this industry, 5,000 is a successful book.)

The book looks beautiful. High quality paper, colour images, with real care and attention lavished on the layout and the words. I’m no quivering aethete designer, but I found it pleasurable to read even though it’s a weighty 600 page tome. Each page (or spread) is its own discrete infolump so it’s easy to out down and come back to.

It starts light – defining events, objects, methods and properties, showing the relationship between HTML, CSS and JS, and with a section on Progressive Enhancement (hoorah). However, I was slightly peturbed that the first worked example uses document.write.
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